The Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in one case today:
Lefemine v. Wideman, No. 12-168: In a suit alleging unconstitutional conduct by government officials, the Fourth Circuit had held that a plaintiff who secured a permanent injunction but no monetary damages was not a “prevailing party” under 42 U. S. C. §1988, and so could not receive attorney’s fees. In a per curiam decision, the Supreme Court today held that, because the injunction ordered the defendant officials to change their behavior in a way that directly benefited the plaintiff, the plaintiff was a “prevailing party” and thus entitled to attorney’s fees “unless special circumstances would render such an award unjust.” The Court remanded for further proceedings, including a determination whether any such “special circumstances” exist in this case.
The Court’s decision is available here.